Huge quantity of electronic gadgets seized

KARACHI: Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Karachi in a successful operation has recovered huge quantity of electronic gadgets including I-pads, costly galaxy brand phones and Memory cards etc worth more than Rs 20 million.

Accordingly to details, a team of Customs Intelligence Karachi, on an information stopped a TCS Delivery Van No. KM-0852 on 14.01.2015, near Shahrah-e-Faisal. On the spot search, the van showed hundreds of mobile phones, I-pads and huge quantity of memory cards in the vehicle.

The Van was escorted to the office of Customs Intelligence for detail search. Minute scrutiny of the consignment from TCS Van revealed that 338 PCs of costly Samsung mobile phones, 41 Pcs of Iphones, 12 Pcs of Ipads and 13638 pcs of memory cards of different GBs and other accessories were being delivered to different destinations through TCS courier service in different names.

It further came to light that all these gadgets were illegally smuggled into the country without payment of duties and taxes as no valid document of its legal import were made available. Value of these smuggled items is more than Rs 20 million. The team of Customs Intelligence participating in the operation included Superintendent, Raffat Hussain, Senior Intelligence Officer Haji Aslam and Intelligence Officer Akmal Hashmi, Qasim Alvi, Munawwar Ali etc.

FIR in the case is also being lodged to arrest the culprits involved in the illegal act of smuggling. Further legal formalities with reference to seizure and prosecution is underway as required under the Customs Act, 1969. In response to a query, Director Customs Intelligence Mohammad Asif Marghoob Siddiqui, confirmed the recovery of smuggled items. He added that there was information of smuggling of electronic gadgets and the raid is based on that information. Such operation is expected to be carried out in future also, he concluded. Director further told that M/s. TCS in a communication have denied their involvement in the case, however, all legal aspects in this regard are being examined to proceed in accordance with law.

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